My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Courage is to do what I fear doing
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Trying to change the world ...; more seriously: being involved with international politics somehow, at some level or other. Otherwise, Reading, walking around the city, talking with friends, opera, travel (particularly by car), sitting in café's reading, watching people, discussing small and big matters with friends ...
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. The way the otherwise well functioning market economy is dominating everything these days; even art.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Writing faster
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Feeling, sensing, thinking, learning, being - first and foremost the sensation of being alive. Of living completely with all of the being you are.
This is also why I believe one can be perfectly happy even while in a very unhappy moment of life.
It might sound paradoxical, but not if you see unhappiness as the sensation of letting life pass before your eyes without it touching you, uninvolved, unengaged. Unalive. As an animal in the zoo. Or a zombie.
Living life is perfect happiness.